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Letter to O’Reilly forwarded to Duffy – Tuam
I write to you in your capacity as the episcopal secretary of the Irish Catholic Bishop’s Conference.
Your attention may have been drawn to my blog of today on Bishop Seamus Freeman? If not, here is the link for you:
Here is the quote from a former Maynooth seminarian on Bishop Freeman:
“I was in the Pleasuredome, a London sauna under the railway arches in Waterloo and open 24 hours.
This was around 6 or 7 years ago.
It was very late, around 3 or 4 am.
I was in a cubicle sitting back, naked, with my ass sticking out. An invitation for a top to come and do his thing.
This older guy appeared, removed his towel and displayed a big hard xxxx
He tried to come in to f… me but I waved him away.
I was stunned because I recognised him as Seamus Freeman.
At the time I lived in co Kilkenny and was familiar with his face in newspapers and online.
I had also met him in Rome years earlier when he was superior general of the Pallotines. So I knew the face well”.
I wanted to ask you as the episcopal secretary of the ICBC for a comment and a response to the very serious allegations made against Seamus Freeman, either from yourself or the Conference’s press officer.
1. We’re other Irish bishops, including you aware of Bishop Freeman’s lifestyle?
2. If so, had any disciplinary been taken against him?
3. Do you deplore and condemn Seamus Freeman’s lifestyle?
4. Does the Conference, or you personally, know of any other livng Irish Bishop who is sexually active, either homosexually or heterosexually?
Your brother bishop,
+ Pat Buckley
PS: Can I hereby and formally ask you to copy me letter to all the members of the ICBC.